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Downtown Cumberland Businessman Passes Away

Mort Peskin, who along with his wife Sue, owned Peskin's in downtown Cumberland for many years, passed away today. The store opened in 1921, and Mort Peskin took over the day to day operations in 1957. Peskin's at one time, had been regarded as the premier shoe store in the state of Maryland, according to an article, written by Dave Shapiro in the Baltimore Jewish Times in 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Two Arrested for Breaking, Entering and Theft

Two Cumberland men have been arrested and are being held on $7500 bond each, following the breaking and entering and theft of a residence at 125 Polk Street in Cumberland. The victim had been out of the area, and when she returned, she found items missing from her residence. Cumberland City Police developed 39-year old Raymond Travis Larson and 45-year old Roy Scott Schimminger as suspects. Larson admitted the two had gone to the residence with a van, and removed items belonging to the victim. Both are charged with 1st, 3rd, and 4th degree breaking and entering and theft of items between $1,000 and $10,000 in value.


Man Faces Theft, Drug Charges

An East Fourth Street man faces theft and drug charges, following an incident late last week. Twenty-one year David Lee Kesler is accused of taking his girlfriend's laptop computer, a phone and her medication, and left the residence. He later returned, at which point, he was arrested. Officers also found a white pill that was identified as being a controlled dangerous substance, along with two smaller baggies, containing suspected crack cocaine. He was charged with theft of less than $1,000 and CDS possession-not marijuana. His bond was set at $3500.


Assault Prompt Lockdown at SCI-Somerset

Several recent staff assaults have forced Pennsylvania correctional officials to lock down the State Correctional Institution at Somerset. There have been two inmate assaults on guards, and the officers required medical attention. While it is not uncommon for prisons to be searched several times a year, the assaults prompted the most recent lockdown. The medium-security facility has more than 2300 inmates and approximately 585 employees.


Dodge Contributes to Mountain Ridge Booster Club

Billy Bender Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge recently hosted a Dodge brand Booster Club Fundraiser at Mountain Ridge High School, during its baseball benefit. A check, in the amount of $3,180 was presented to the school's booster program. Each test drive participant earned the school a $20 contribution from the Dodge brand, with no limit to the automaker's contribution. Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise millions of dollars for schools with test drive programs, such as the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.


Tucker County Investigating Meth Lab

There is an ongoing investigation into a meth lab, found in Tucker County, West Virginia. The operation was found on Church Hill Lane, after an anonymous tip was received. Materials usually found in a meth lab, and a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were found. No arrests have been made. The Parsons Volunteer Fire Department provided breathing apparatuses and chemical suits during the initial investigation.


Fire Police Volunteer Injured in I-68 Crash

A volunteer for the Washington County Fire Police was injured late last week, when a car, driven by a Martinsburg woman hit his vehicle, as he was standing in front of it, directing traffic from a previous accident. Graham Snow was injured, when a vehicle, driven by Ashley Khodayar traveled through a flare/traffic cone pattern, set up on Interstate 68 westbound, just west of Mountain Road. Both were taken to Meritus Medical Center, and Ms. Khodayar faces numerous charges in connection with the accident, including failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving, speeding and failure to reduce speed in dangerous highway conditions.

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